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Hinkley installs more site offices

22 Mar 17 Portakabin has delivered its largest office building at EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C site in Somerset.

HPC's East Office Annex
HPC's East Office Annex

Portakabin installed 90 fully-fitted, steel-frame modules in just three weeks.

The 3,450 m2 office and welfare building takes the value of Portakabin buildings provided on this site to around £5m since 2011.

The three-storey ‘East Office Annex’ provides desk space for more than 220 staff working on the civil construction; meeting and IT rooms; welfare accommodation for the site workforce including 1,200 lockers, changing rooms, showers, and drying space; and a 450-seat multi-use canteen that will serve around 1,350 meals a day.

Portakabin has a long history of supplying buildings at Hinkley Point since the 1960s. Hinkley Point C is the first nuclear power station to be built in the UK in nearly 30 years and the site preparation works are now well underway. Previous projects on the ‘C’ site have included offices, a canteen, security building, a visitors’ centre and, most recently, two office buildings for Kier BAM.

Portakabin general manager Robert Snook said: “This is a highly regulated infrastructure site with large amounts of construction work in progress, so the installation of a large office and welfare building required very detailed logistical planning.  As a result, we delivered the building as complete as possible to minimise any on-site works.

“The use of modular construction radically reduced vehicle movements to site which was an important requirement for the client who are restricting deliveries to minimise any disruption to the neighbouring areas.”

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